Saturday, October 29, 2011
BAGGAO, Cagayan, October 29, 2011-The 17th Infantry Battalion in Sitio Bariwanay, Barangay San Miguel here confirmed that four (4) members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed in action with undetermined number of NPA-wounded while three (3) civilians injured in a recent clash of the military against the rebels.
The firefights started as early as 5:30 Thursday morning when the BAYANIHAN PATROL led by 2Lt. Kenneth Pangcoga was fired upon by the group believed to be part of SPP Cagayan. The civilians tipped-off 2lt Pangcoga as early as 4 in the morning to warn the group of the rebels’ presence nearby.
Government troops recovered two (2) M16 rifles, one (1) shotgun, one (1) generator set, one (1) laptop, one (1) computer printer, one (1) cell phone and subversive documents at the place of encounter.
NOLCOM spokesperson Captain Jovily Carmel Cabading reiterated the position of Major General Jessie Dellosa that despite the fate that has befallen some soldiers especially in Basilan recently, the AFP will not waiver in its commitment to pursue all-out peace.
“We, as soldiers do not rejoice in the death of these four rebels. They are our fellow Filipinos. It is just unfortunate that they opted to trek the wrong path. We will find more fulfillments in our mission if people like them will voluntarily lay down their arms and start life anew with their loved ones. We do not want unnecessary bloodshed.”
Lieutenant Colonel Alvin V. Flores, the battalion commander of 17IB has requested for medical team instead of the usual combat reinforcement. “We are sending a message to the wounded NPAs that we will receive them with open arms and will definitely attend to their medical needs. We have no choice but to stop the hot pursuit operations because they opted to hide inside the civilian’s abode. If they fire at our troops first, we cannot immediately fire back fearing for the presence of civilians inside the houses. If they continue to hide inside the houses, it will appear that they are holding the civilians hostages.”
He added that the latter information was tipped off by a fleeing civilian (whose house) where the NPAs sought refuge. She reported the presence of two wounded (claiming to be civilians) were at the next house.
Cabading identified the names of three (3) civilians wounded as Zaldy Durado (25y/o), Arnold passion (30y/o) and Arnolito Durado (4y/o). The latter's finger is slightly wounded. (Jason de Asis)
BALER, Aurora, October 29, 2011-The 79-man strong Baler Anglers Club Inc. (BAC) has installed Mar Bullozo as its new president during its recent elections of officers in this town.
Bullozo’s election was the main highlight of the BAC meeting which discussed matters involving the welfare of the association.
The barely one-year old association of fishing enthusiasts, which was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in November last year, counts among its members those from this town and the central municipalities of San Luis, Maria Aurora and Dipaculao.
It was formed to foster camaraderie among fishing enthusiasts in the community and to encourage its members to actively participate in the collective effort to save and to protect the coastal resources of the province.
Also, it advocates coastal resources management and protection, cooperate and collaborate with the various local government units and other concerned agencies regarding its policies and fishery laws by serving as watchdogs and volunteer information disseminators.
Aside from Bullozo, also elected were Ritchell Rada (vice president); Bing Yngente (secretary); Val Rotas (treasurer); Attic Pasion (auditor); Garry Lombres and Cenon Bonifacio, public relations officers. The Board of Directors are composed of Paking Trinidad, Arthur Yngente, Boy Palispis, Loida Lapig, Roldan Duaso, Josue “Joe” Mora, Alex Exclamado and past president Bong dela Torre.
Dela Cruz, also known as Sir Bong, raffled various fishing gadgets and gear /paraphernalias to members during club meetings. (Jason de Asis)
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